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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: THE SEVEN CHURCHES, INIS MOR

INIS MOR, SEVEN CHURCHES

Although this wasn’t a “special day”, ie solstice or equinox, I have to wonder if the beam of sunlight is significant for this time and place.  A few minutes earlier or later, it appears that it would have been passing directly through the small window opening.  It’s the ruins of the “Seven Churches”  (Na Seacht d’Teampaill) on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of County Clare, Ireland.  This was a significant monastic settlement established by St Brecan and built between the 9th and 15th centuries.  Probably only 2 churches were actually built as well as numerous other domestic buildings, and, of course, a cemetery.

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: TANZANIA ROADSIDE MARKET

TANZANIAN ROADSIDE MARKET

Although the city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania has grocery stores similar to those found in many parts of the world, roadside markets like this offer great variety and value………..as well as a visual feast!

For a similar scene in Ireland, go to http://www.IrishCustomTours.com and then BLOG

Copyright 2013                                   Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT

FIRST CUT 2012,IRELAND

Ah, soon…………..this was the first cut of hay last year in Moynalty, County Meath.  Soon, soon……………  In the meantime, I’m guiding a small group of tourists through the west and north of Ireland, which are very much overlooked regions of this magical country.  I’m in Lisdoonvarna tonight (County Clare)  , Kilronan on the Aran Island of Inis Mor_(County Galway) tomorrow then on to Connemara……………….

 

Copyright  2013     Mary Jane  E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: PORTAL TOMB, CRAGGAUNOWEN, CO. CLARE

PORTAL TOMB, CRAGGAUNOWEN

This portal tomb, at Craggaunowen  in County Clare, is a Stone Age burial chamber.  It dates to between 2750 – 2000 B.C. and is one of many found around Ireland.  No one is sure why these dolmens were constructed in such a manner but there is certainly a ceremonial, ritualistic meaning to them.  When I see these, I find myself wondering who built them, who’s buried there, what were their lives like, who did they love…………………….?

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: THE BURREN, CO. CLARE

Most stone walls are built horizontally, but not in The Burren.  The limestone forms in horizontal slabs, so…….

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CLIFFS OF MOHER, CO. CLARE

This is O’Brien’s Tower at the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.  What intrigued me is that the cliffs are over 700 feet high, so that plume of water had the force of the Atlantic behind it!  Remember, you can always click on the image to enlarge or on a highlighted word to learn more.

copyright 2011 Mary Jane E Clark

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